Imogen currently works with Meininger Staatstheater in Thuringia, Germany as a fest chorus soprano with soloist commitments. Since May 2018, Imogen has performed in productions across opera, operette and musical theater at Meininger Staatstheater, Eisenach Landestheater, Schlosstheater Fulda, Stadttheater Fürth, Regentenbau Bad Kissingen and Stadtheater Ingolstadt. 

Productions include Bizet: Carmen, Puccini: Tosca, Orff: Carmina Burana, Mozart: Cosi fan tutte, Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Schoeck: Das Schloß Dürande, Wagner: Tannhäuser at Wartburg Castle, Webber: Evita, Jessel: Schwarzwaldmädel, and Gilbert & Sullivan: Piraten von Penzance. Premieres in the 2019/20 season include Puccini: La Rondine, Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer, Aagaard-Nilsen: Gespenster (world premiere), and Leigh: Der Mann von La Mancha.

For New Zealand Opera, Imogen performed in the nationally cast Freemasons New Zealand Opera Ensemble for touring productions of Gilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado (2017) and Sondheim: Sweeney Todd (2016), directed by Stuart Maunder AM.

As a member of the Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus since 2012, productions include: Bizet: Carmen, Puccini: Tosca, Mozart: Don Giovanni, Verdi: La Traviata, Golijov: Ainadamar, Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer, Puccini: Madame Butterfly, and Smetana: The Bartered Bride. Additional chorus work includes Bernstein: Candide, Handel: Alcina, Handel: Semele and Rossini: Il viaggo a Reims.

An accomplished chorister, Imogen has sung: Verdi: Requiem, Mahler: Eighth Symphony, Mahler: Third Symphony, Holst: The Planets and Psathas: Orpheus in Rarohenga with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Beethoven: Nineth Symphony with Orchestra Wellington; and McCarthy: 17 Days and Harris: If Blood be the Price with the Wellington Brass Band.

Imogen is alumna of both the New Zealand Youth Choir and the New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir, performing in China, Korea, Singapore and Australia, and as a soloist in live broadcasts on ABC Classic FM and Radio New Zealand Concert. 

Moonlighting as a jazz trumpet player and former member of the Rodger Fox Big Band, Imogen has played on the following albums: Concerti: Michael Houston with the Rodger Fox Big Band (nominated for the 2016 New Zealand Jazz Album of the Year); X: The Rodger Fox Big Band Plays New Zealand (2016); I Wish (2012); Midnight Voyage (2011); Funk City Ola (2010); and the 2009 New Zealand Jazz Album of the Year, Run for Cover.

 

Photo credit Mary Sylvia Photography

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